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London's Most Family-Friendly Restaurants

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    It's an odd, but very widespread belief, that once you become a parent, or you want to socialise with someone who has a child, or be around anyone under ten, then you no longer have the right to go out for good food. For too long, parents – and especially mothers – have been made to feel that fine dining isn't for them. Children should be happy with some chicken nuggets, pregnant women should be happy with water if they're not drinking alcohol, and any mother who wants to breastfeed her child should be swiftly covered with a napkin (and should feel happy about it).

    But times are definitely changing. This could be due to the rise of women in the restaurant industry or the massive influence of mothers on social media like Slummy Single Mummy. Or it might just be because restaurants have realised there are over 18 million families in the UK and many of them would like to have more options than a Happy Meal. So we've found our favourite spots in London for all mothers who love good food, whether they are accompanied by their little ones or not.

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    Granger & Co

    Best For: Feel-Good Meals For All The Family


    Australian import Granger & Co has brought sunny, Sydney inspired dining to London. Each of their three beautifully designed London locations offers not only light, modern dining rooms but also menus based around fresh, feel-good food. Though now famous for their brunches, especially their lust-worthy ricotta hot cakes, there is more to this antipodean favourite. Dishes like their bondi bowl, bursting with buckwheat, quinoa and fresh vegetables, and their courgette chips, a slightly lighter option for those who still want a crispy snack, are perfect for those who love to eat out, and love their veggies.

    Mother Friendly Location

    All three locations in King's Cross, Clerkenwell and Notting Hill have buggy access and welcomes younger diners. However, the Clerkenwell location is certainly the easiest for anyone with children. Not only is it the only location that takes reservations, it is also just across from the famous Clerkenwell Green, which offers a beautiful open space for play between courses.

    Non-Alcoholic Options
    Granger & Co has recently added to their already impressive list of alcohol free options. These include juices and frappes, like the citrus topped watermelon and lime, but also 'power smoothies' which combine superfoods and home-made almond milk bases to provide a hit of health in every sip. For those looking for something sparkling you can indulge in one of their homemade grown-up sodas, from traditional vanilla cola to tropical hibiscus and lime.

    Children's Menu
    Granger & Co's fuss-free approach to good food means almost all of their dishes are child friendly. If you're taking out a little one with a big appetite perhaps you could tempt them to prawn, chilli and ginger linguine or sweetcorn fritters with roast tomato, spinach & bacon? But, just to be safe, there is also always the option of their grass-fed beef burger served with french fries. We hope that means more sweetcorn fritters for us!

    Granger & Co
    Locations in Notting Hill, Clerkenwell and King's Cross

    All restaurants included in this article have an active, friendly policy to breastfeeding mothers.

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    Clipstone

    Best For: A Night Out For New and Expectant Mums

    This Fitzrovia newcomer is the more informal sister to the Michelin-starred Portland, making it perfect for foodies who want to keep their hand in the fine dining game without the formality. Their talent for combining innovative cooking techniques with the freshest seasonal ingredients, like their mussels cooked in Sake and fried baby leeks served with sauce gribiche, as well as their smiling, attentive service are the ideal cure for those parents tired of eating at home.

    Mother Friendly Location
    Set across one floor, Clipstone is completely buggy accessible especially at lunch when it's slightly quieter. Though it can be a bit of a squeeze when they're fully booked, this corner site boasts twice the usual amount of outside tables, which are perfect for those with prams. Their central location, in walking distance to five different tube stations, makes it a perfect spot for those who have to rush home to a babysitter and, because it's on a quiet street, it is very useful for anyone with a sleeping baby.

    Non-Alcoholic Options
    Though already known for their innovative wine list and inventive cocktails, there are plenty of freshly made and tasty non-alcoholic options at Clipstone. Anyone for a yuzu-ade or a watermelon ice tea? We certainly are.

    Children's Menu
    Clipstone doesn't offer a specific children's menu and some of their dishes, like the mouthwateringly fresh crudo of raw tuna, could prove a little challenging for young palates. However, the menu takes full use of the restaurant's pizza oven and has an ever changing array of 'flatbread' pizzas along with simpler dishes like ravioli stuffed with hay-baked carrot & ricotta. If you want to make sure to please your youngest guests then check out their Saturday brunch menu - that's sure to please anyone.

    Clipstone
    5 Clipstone St, London W1W 6BB
    020 7637 0871

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    Stepney City Farm

    Best For: Learning About (And Eating) Delicious Food

    If you were ever a country kid and are now raising children in the big city, you may have felt there was a distinct lack of farms around the place. Well, luckily we have the remedy for you! Stepney City Farm is a fully working farm nestled in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which has been raising chickens, growing veggies and keeping pigs since the 1970s. Entry to the farm is completely free and any young visitors can take part in great events like their annual harvest festival and pig fest. The best part is that if you do get peckish while you're there the Stepney City Farm café offers an ever-changing menu of seasonal goodies cooked fresh from the farm's produce.

    Mother Friendly Location

    Stepney Farm is home to a menagerie of large and small animals, from donkeys and guinea pigs to ferrets and actual pigs. These are sure to keep young visitors entertained, and finding all of their homes across the farm is a great way to work up an appetite. Once you're good and hungry you can find the café, which was voted 'Best Eatery' at the Urban Food Awards and honoured by Time Out. Stepney Farm, and all their staff, are incredibly welcome to families and make themselves as accessible as possible to all visitors.

    Non-Alcoholic Options
    Stepney Farm's ethos is to keep things local, so though they aren't able to grow their own coffee and tea in East London they still like to incorporate the neighbourhood. Their coffee comes from Climpson and Sons who source and roast their own coffee in nearby Hackney. If you prefer a cuppa you can enjoy Joe's Tea, premium, organic tea bags which are picked high in the hills of Sri Lanka. Quite a way from the bells of Stepney we will admit, but it tastes good enough to be worth it.

    Children's Menu

    A visit to Stepney City Farms café is great for anyone trying to teach kids about where their food comes from and the importance of sustainability. Luckily, it's also delicious. Famous for their Sunday brunches, featuring Stepney Farm free range eggs of course, they also have great weekday options including a children's meal deal, freshly made cakes and home cured bacon. If you are one who prefers not to have any animals on the menu they do also offer vegan and vegetarian options which are sure to please.

    Stepney City Farm
    Stepney Way, London E1 3DG
    020 7790 8204

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    Craft London

    Best For: Great Food Overlooking A Great Park

    South London's Peninsula Garden made history last year by becoming the first new park to be created in the capital for a hundred years. Now it's being put on the culinary map by café, restaurant and cocktail bar Craft London. Pop in to the ground floor at any time of day to see their ever changing menu of freshly made food, go up one floor up for their critically acclaimed restaurant and try the very top to see a cocktail bar boasting 360 views of London. Wherever you are in Craft, you're sure for a warm welcome.

    Mother Friendly Location
    Craft's café level offers outside seating right in Peninsula Garden, perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy their flat white in comfort while watching over children playing in the park. For families wanting to travel to any of the higher levels there's a pram friendly lift to take you up there. Though a cocktail bar might not usually be where you take your kids, the stunning 360 degree views will certainly leave them impressed.

    Non-Alcoholic Options

    Coffee, otherwise known as the best friend to anyone who has been kept up all night by a screaming child and then had to play at being Batman, is a speciality at Craft London. Not only do they roast their own coffee in the building, they also offer Aeropress to make sure each cup is perfectly made. If you're looking for a refreshing drink without the caffeine boost you can always try one of their freshly pressed juices, made with only the finest seasonal fruits.

    Children's Menu
    Craft's café level is perfect for those wanting to please younger diners, offering freshly made sourdough pizzas and one of the finest selection of baked goods we have ever seen. If pizza and cake aren't your thing (just to be clear, they are definitely our thing) you can also check out their daily salad offerings, full to the brim with delicious, fresh ingredients. Head up to the restaurant if you're after a more hearty meal, including clay baked duck and fireplace potatoes.

    Craft London
    Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ
    020 8465 5910

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    Tom's Kitchen - Somerset House

    Best For: Rumbling Tummies On A Cultural Day Out

    Cultural institutions and children don't alway mix, as my own mother learnt when I was six and was kindly asked to leave one London museum for continually setting off the alarms by touching all the exhibits. But when the cultural institution is Somerset House, who offer free workshops for families every week, and you have Tom's Kitchen there to provide delicious food when you need it, it's a combination made in heaven.

    Mother Friendly Location
    Not only does Somerset House offer a vast array of temporary and permanent exhibitions for curious, young minds it also offers lots of space to play. In the summer the fountains in their main courtyard make a perfect paddling pool for your family to build up an appetite in. In the winter the courtyard is taken over by Somerset House's famous skating rink, which offers skating aids for younger skaters to practice with. Tom's offers three locations throughout Somerset House - their main restaurant inside the South Wing, their more informal Deli, a summer-only terrace overlooking the Thames and their famous Skate Lounge which pops up in the winter. Whatever the season and whatever your appetite you're sure of a good meal.

    Non-Alcoholic Options

    Tom's Kitchen is known for their cocktails, and if you're not partaking in alcohol you can still enjoy them. Ask for any of the cocktails served on their terrace to be made without alcohol, so you can still enjoy a summer sparkler without the booze. If you're after something even saintlier then you can head to their Deli where they offer freshly made juices, or enjoy a hot chocolate from their seasonal Skate Lounge while watching the winter wonderland around you.

    Children's Menu
    If you're after a quick snack to silence any grumbling tummies then the fresh, British produce from Tom's Deli will certainly hit the spot, either with a suitably stuffed sandwich or a freshly made cake. For something more substantial you can head to a comfy booth in Tom's Kitchen main restaurant. The home inspired cooking includes dishes like shepherd's pie, mac and cheese and chicken schnitzel which are sure to please even the pickiest little eaters.

    Tom's Kitchen
    Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
    020 7845 4646

    All restaurants included in this article have an active, friendly policy to breastfeeding mothers.